St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Donations should be addressed to: Nazareth House Apostolate, 185 Captains Cove Drive, Taylorsville, Kentucky 40071.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008





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Today, I was very excited to hear that James had returned from Kabala. I am always delighted to hear he has safely returned. I received a text from him earlier today and knew he was on his way. He's been silent this trip. I had suspicions that he might be wanting to surprise me, I've been waiting, patiently for his words. James doesn't say a lot in words...he say TONS with pictures.

As he uploaded photos to me and I began to receive them in my email inbox, I began to cry. You work hard to get something accomplished...and then something jolts you and you realize...IT IS REAL! It's happening! LOOK AT OUR SCHOOL! I say OUR SCHOOL and I mean OUR! We've all worked very hard in whatever way we have to offer to make this work. We may be separated by an ocean, but Nazareth House Team (USA & SIERRA LEONE NAZARETH) works great together. Each complimenting the others gifts and talents to bring it into reality. WOW!

The colors of the school may seem unusual to us in America, but each color was picked for a special reason.

Yellow- promotes creativity
Blue- represents calmness
Green- represents growth

Green & Blue are also the National Colors of the Sierra Leone Flag.

I can't believe the uniforms. I was blown away when I saw these pictures. Something once sketched out on paper and doctored with Paint Software, now is a uniform on a student. Planned and implemented miles and miles apart...WOW.

The little girl in uniform in the photo is Baby Ruff...many of you remember her dressed in the Pink dress, hat and sunglasses several years ago.

The other picture is Lucy, James daughter, on the school porch. She joined her father on the last trip. Ann Marie stayed home to help Kadijah with chores.

The bottom photo is James checking out the work on the school. I noticed he is still sporting his Georgia cap!


We are still working towards the funds for "on the ground needs" while we are on the ground in Salone. Please consider giving TODAY.

Mail donations to NHA; 2216 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 40218 or donate from our website through the paypal link. Again, thank you for all you are doing and have done...this is tremendous! God bless you all!